SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities in South Dakota say a 24-year-old woman who suffered a fatal methamphetamine overdose while in custody was asked repeatedly by jail staff whether she had taken any illegal drugs.
Attorney General Marty Jackley also said Thursday that Sarah Circle Bear was moved to a holding cell for special monitoring after her cellmate requested medical attention.
Jackley's report comes after Circle Bear's family raised questions over whether the American Indian woman received adequate medical attention before her death on July 5 in Aberdeen.
Jackley says Circle Bear repeatedly denied to jail staff that she had taken any drugs. He also says she was "more closely monitored" after her cellmate asked for help, including checking her vital signs.